Day: January 12, 2021

LAUNCHub Ventures heading towards a $85M fund for South Eastern European startups – TechCrunch

LAUNCHub Ventures, an early-stage European VC which concentrates mainly on Central Eastern (CEE) and South-Eastern Europe (SEE), has completed the first closing of its new fund at €44 million ($53.5M), with an aspiration to reach a target size of €70 million. A final close is expected by Q2 2021.

Its principal backer is the European Investment Fund, corporates and a number of Bulgarian tech founders and investors.

With this new fund, LAUNCHub aims to invest in 25 startups in the next 4 years. The initial investment range will be between €500K and €2M in verticals such as B2B SaaS, Fintech, Proptech, Big Data, AI, Marketplaces, Digital Health. The fund will also actively invest in the Web 3.0 / Blockchain space, as it has done so since 2014.

LAUNCHub has also achieved a 50:50 gender split in its team, with Irina Dimitrova being promoted to operating partner while Raya Yunakova

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CES 2021: All of the business tech news you need to know

Don’t miss TechRepublic’s CES 2021 coverage, which includes product announcements from Lenovo, Samsung, LG, and Dell about PCs, laptops, software, robots, monitors, and TVs.

Image: Sarah Tew/CNET

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, CES 2021 is all-digital for the first time ever. The event runs from Monday, January 11 to Thursday, January 14. CES has always been one of the leading tech events each year and, despite being an online-only event in 2021, thousands of products are expected to be announced. 

There are six top trends to watch for at CES 2021, according to TechRepublic’s Editor-in-Chief Bill Detwiler, Associate Managing Editor Teena Maddox, and UK Editor-in-Chief Steve Ranger. Several visionary tech and industry leaders are expected to deliver keynote speeches at CES 2021 including Verizon Chairman and CEO Hans Vestberg, General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Best Buy CEO Corie Barry, Mastercard CEO Michael Miebach, and more. 

TechRepublic will

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At CES 2021, Intel announces 50 new processors for business users, gamers, and students

The hardware maker plans to release more than 500 new designs for laptops and desktops in 2021.

CES 2021 must-read coverage

Intel has plans for  50 new processors for a variety of users and more than 500 new designs for both laptops and desktops, according to executive vice president Gregory Bryant. He shared Intel’s roadmap for the vPro platform at a virtual CES 2021 session and described new products for every kind of computer user, from kids taking online classes to business professionals working with sensitive data. 

Bryant shared the virtual CES stage with several colleagues and partners on Monday as the company described its latest products. Partners ranged from Accenture to Chance the Rapper. Here are the highlights of the company’s processor news.

vPro Platform

For business users, Intel announced the 11th Gen Intel vPro platform that combines high performance and hardware-based security. Intel Hardware Shield uses silicon-enabled artificial

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